CHD 119 Master Syllabus


Division: Arts & Sciences                                                                                      DATE:   September 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Early Childhood Development

Course Number & Title: Child Development 119, Introduction to Reading Methods


Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk       Lecture: 2 Hours/Wk       Lab: 2         Lec/Lab Comb: 4


I.  Catalog Description: CHD 119 Introduction to Reading Methods (3 cr.)

Focuses on promoting language and literacy skills as the foundation for emergent reading. Emphasizes phonetic awareness and alphabetic principles, print awareness and concepts, comprehension and early reading and writing. Addresses strategies for intervention and support for exceptional children and English Language Learners. Lecture 2 hours.

II. Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: This course contributes to the knowledge base in Early Childhood Education and directly relates to Program Outcome 5 - Plan, implement and evaluate curriculum plans and learning environments for children based on developmental appropriateness and a thorough knowledge of child development, particularly relating to facilitating young children’s acquisition of beginning reading skills. Students in this course will also practice skills from Program Outcome 4 – Assessment of Children’s Skills and Abilities.

III. Required background (list any experience, prerequisites, co-requisites necessary to enroll in the course): Completion of (or exemption from) all developmental English requirements. Recommended Prerequisites: CHD 120 or permission of instructor and CHD 118.


I.              Course Content (list the major topics):

A.           Theories of development and theories of learning as they relate to young children’s development of language and pre-reading skills.

B.           Characteristics of language development in children from birth through age eight years.

C.           Methods for assessing young children’s language development and pre-reading skills.

D.           Speech and language difficulties commonly seen in young children.

E.           Activities that promote young children’s acquisition of language skills, including speaking, writing, and listening skills.

F.            Other factors (e.g., cultural, environmental, learning styles) that may facilitate or impede young children’s acquisition of language skills.

G.           Review of resources and teaching aids intended to facilitate young children’s development of language and pre-reading skills.

H.           Training in lesson plan development for subject areas related to language arts.


V.   Learner Outcomes:


The student will:

*       Demonstrate knowledge of stages of language development in young children and apply this knowledge when teaching children.

Develop materials and activities suitable for supporting children’s developing emergent, early and fluent reading skills.

Use teaching strategies which promote the development of emergent, early and fluent reading skills in young children.

Select appropriate books and media materials for children who are beginning to read and write.

Assess children’s developing reading and writing skills accurately.

Adapt learning materials to meet the needs of all children, including children with special needs in language arts.

Demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of skills for promoting language and literacy skills that are sensitive to the language spoken in the child’s home and to meet the needs of individual learners.

Demonstrate knowledge of VA Standards of Learning for Language Arts in K-3.




Student performance will be evaluated by a combination of tests, quizzes, exams, papers, and other special projects or assignments as defined by the individual faculty member. This course includes a mandatory writing or speaking assignment defined by the instructor. Possible assignments include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Assess an elementary child’s understanding of phonics (word study) using a reading inventory
  • Plan activities and lessons to assist a child in learning new skills in beginning reading
  • Compile evidence of tutoring sessions in a final class portfolio/presentation
  • Write and illustrate a children’s book
  • Complete an author study on a favorite children’s author



VII.         This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding